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Shattering political idealism

By Gerry Nicholls      

Politics is essentially a business where you need to persuade people quickly. So forget about any idea that’s too complicated or too nuanced or that’s in anyway counter-intuitive.

Every once in a while I’m asked to lecture university or college students interested in perhaps pursuing a career in politics or, more specifically, pursuing a career in political communications. And every time I deliver such a lecture, I feel a slight twinge of guilt, writes Gerry Nicholls. The Hill Times file photograph

OAKVILLE, ONT.—Every once in a while I’m asked to lecture university or college students interested in perhaps pursuing a career in politics or, more specifically, pursuing a career in political communications.

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